New every morning is your love, great God of light, and all day long you are working for good in the world. Stir up in us desire to serve you, to live peacefully with our neighbors and all your creation, and to devote each day to your Son, our Savior Jesus Christ. Amen.

"A Liturgy for Morning Prayer," Upper Room Worshipbook

Used by permission from the Book of Common Worship, © 2018 Westminster John Knox Press. All rights reserved. This prayer appears in “A Liturgy for Morning Prayer” in Upper Room Worshipbook.

Today’s Reflection

EASTER PEOPLE know that taking deep breaths of the Holy Spirit must become a daily habit. The good news is that the risen Jesus continues to breathe on and into us. He is willing to do this for anyone and everyone, especially for those willing to come close enough to feel his breath.

—Trevor Hudson
Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People

From page 28 of Pauses for Pentecost: 50 Words for Easter People by Trevor Hudson. Copyright © 2018 by The Upper Room. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Upper Room Books. Learn more about or purchase this book.

Today’s Question

Do you feel the Holy Spirit’s breath?  Share your thoughts.

Today’s Scripture

When he had said this, he breathed on them and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit.
—John 20:22, NRSV

Prayer for the Week

Lord Jesus Christ, breathe the freshness of your Spirit into us that we may come alive again.

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  • robert moeller Posted April 28, 2019 6:38 am

    I think, I hope I feel the Holy Spirit. Jesus and the Holy Spirit keep me going.

    It will be a tough day at church. I believe it is time to let them know what is going on with the prospective move. I didn’t want to say anything until I was fairly sure it was going to happen. Of course, things could change.

    There will be a pot luck lunch after worship today and people will stay longer.
    I hope that is helpful.

  • robert moeller Posted April 28, 2019 6:51 am

    Prayers for Sherry, Martha, Caleb, Edy’s Bill, Marcy, Rusty, Mary and her sister Molly, Jill, Larry and Becky; Andrea and Lowell, Julie and Megan. Dear Lord, supply their needs. Thank You, Lord.

    Thankful for church today, great news yesterday, the paperwork for VA approval of the condo association has been submitted.

    Blessings to all on this first Sunday after Easter.

  • Jill Posted April 28, 2019 6:56 am

    A song on the latest Casting Crowns album is “The Change in Me” – and it speaks directly about the movement of the Holy Spirit – the beckoning, the urging, the transformation. Yes – I am so grateful for the awareness of the Holy Spirit at work in me. Thank You, Father.
    Safely home, grateful for the time away, but surely grateful to be home. I missed my cat and am grateful to be back with him, ready to slide back into our routine.
    Robert – I am praying now for your time at church this morning and for the right words for you as you share your upcoming move. May God surround you with His peace.
    Grateful for safety and good health while dad and I were away. Grateful for a meeting with the newly started cancer support group this morning…may God expand this group, bringing others in need of support into the fold. Grateful for the comfort of cards still trickling in regarding mom’s passing. Sometimes the simplest of words have a significant impact.

  • Betsy Posted April 28, 2019 7:04 am

    I often think the Holy Spirit as a nudge or a slight reminder when I am praying. His subtle guidance as I pray and a whisper of encouragement.

    So glad you had a safe and restful trip away with your dad, Jill. The healing has begun for you both. Your time to the support group will benefit you and those who need it.

    Good news about your condo sale and move, Robert. I know how hard it is to share a move with your church family. I’ll keep you in my prayers.

    Happy belated birthday, Connie! Blessings also to Mary, Lou, Andrea, Julie and all others who visit here this day. Let us worship our Lord today.

  • Andrea Posted April 28, 2019 7:10 am

    A prayer of gratitude for Robert’s good news, and prayers for continued progress on his and Erich’s move.

    Prayers too for Jill and Mary and their fathers and their sisters Becky and Molly as they grieve; Julie and Megan; Lou and her children; Connie and her husband; Marcy and her caregiver; Betsy and her family with their new addition Harrison; Edy and her son Bill; April and her family; Sherry and her granddaughters; Rusty and K; and all who visit UR.

    Prayers for those affected by the violence in Sri Lanka and prayers for stability in the country.

    I believe the way things have come together for me since breaking my leg has been the movement of the Holy Spirit in my life, and particularly, the renewed closeness in my marriage. Thank you, Gracious God.

    Wishing all a blessed Sunday.

  • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 28, 2019 7:36 am

    Yes, we need the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. May each of us be filled afresh with the fullness of the Holy Spirit daily!

    Thank you for all your prayers!

    Thank you God for Robert’s good news. May Erich and Robert be able to find a suitable church in their new place!

    Thank you that Jill and her dad had a safe trip and good health.

    May you also bless Betsy and Andrea abundantly!

    Have a great week ahead everyone!!

    • Mary Ng Shwu Ling Posted April 29, 2019 1:06 am

      Father in heaven, may you watch over Julie and protect her from all harm and danger.

      Thank you for hearing our prayers.
      In Jesus name we pray, amen!

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